The Hobart Town Courier 16th Aug 1828-http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4221595
What an unusual crime. Stealing the fruit trees out of a garden, not just the fruit off the trees. I thought that John Rawlins really deserved the punishment he got, one month to the tread wheel and three months on the chain gang. Although that is a pretty harsh sentence it was hardly a spur of the moment crime. I have to ask though, how long did it take him to steal the trees? They are hardly something that can be hidden under a jacket. How did the owner not notice what was going on?
Did Mr Cullicott walk out in the morning to get an apple for breakfast and find nothing but large holes? I would have loved to hear more of the story. How many trees? Did he dig them up or just chop them off at ground level? The effort involved in moving trees makes me think that he must have had at least one friend there helping with the shovel or the axe. What on earth did he do with the trees anyway?
This is a word I fully intend to use when someone comments on the overgrown state of our large backyard as it means covered by or having an abundance of trees and bushes. Although, too many more of those tree flattening storms we have had of late and it will be less applicable….
Maybe I need to start a new type of gardening magazine and call it BOSKY. It’s the magazine for those of us with disordered gardens who dream of a designer one but are happy to acknowledge that we are too lazy to actually do anything about it. It can have lots of shiny pictures of nicely trimmed gardens belonging to other people and then be filled with tips on things like how to prune roses with a chainsaw(done at our house), best large area weed killer etc.
From now on it doesn’t matter what my garden looks like, I don’t need to do any gardening this weekend as it is intentionally bosky. Deal with it.